The Art of Staying Healthy

I have a confession. I fell off the bandwagon…as in ate all the food that I know my body hates…but my brain and my tastebuds are tantalised by.

It was my best friends birthday, so cheese…bread….wine…were all on the menu. I got sick….I could feel my stomach seize up and begin grumbling ‘WHYYYYYYYY, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?!’

But it was worth it and I couldn’t tell you the last time I had indulged in unhealthy foods.

Nobody is perfect and it’s okay to fall off the wagon once in a while.

It reminded me why I need to be extra careful when it comes to eating. I need to make sure I am nourishing my body, not just treating my senses.

Whilst I am a big advocate for healthy eating and stick to a plant-based diet in order to nourish, heal and restore, I do realise that it is tough.  There are times when I just want to whine to anyone who will listen about how I just want to be ‘normal’ for a day (aka let my body take a trip to hell and eat muffins, milkshakes, burgers, fries and wash it all down with a good bottle of wine, or a cocktail or 10).  But the truth is, I’m kind of lucky my body is so responsive so I can form good habits now so I can hopefully avoid chronic disease in the future.

How do I do it? Substitutes are my go to.  Instead of milk I have nut milk, instead of yoghurt I have coconut yogurt, instead of Pepsi Max I have coconut water, instead of muffins I have vegan grain free muffins, instead of Dairy Milk I have quinoa chocolate.  Life is still brilliant and honestly a bit more tasty…and did I mention I feel fab?!

Recently I have been on the prowl for some more healthy drinks to have while my friends booze up.  This may also help a few of you joining in for ‘Feb Fast’.

Coconut Water is amazing but you can only drink so much right.

Kombucha is my next favourite drink AND I make it at home so it’s cheap but again, you can only drink so much probiotic rich fermented fruity tea.

My solution? Let me introduce Bionade (pronounced Bee-oh-nah-dee). The second best selling soft drink in Germany which is organic AND fermented.

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Bionade contains super low sugar, is free from preservatives, colourants and artificial flavours and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It contains plenty of good stuff like calcium and magnesium, super low in sodium and phosphorous free. And for those of you who are calorie conscious…it is 60% less calories than normal soft drink.

There are also some amazing flavours to choose from which are Ginger & Orange, Lychee, Elderberry (my fav!), and Herbs.  The best thing about these soft drinks is they aren’t super sweet so you can drink more than one without a problem.

The perfect summery solution for a Feb Fast Booze-y BBQ.

You can grab them from various Health Stores or www.drinks-logistics.com.au.

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My other fav substitute brands for alcohol are JT’s Coconut Essence (Coconut Water), Mojo’s Kombucha or Sparkling Mineral Water with fresh lime or lemon.

Delish! …And healthy. Now I can get back on the wagon for another year. Cheers!

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